The Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveiled a three-dimensional view of their new stadium on Wednesday, giving fans a peek at the $190-million facility set to open next summer.
The team also released details about some of the amenities the stadium will include, as well as information for season ticket holders on how to transfer their seats from the old stadium to the new one at the University of Manitoba campus.
All 21,155 Bombers season ticket holders will be receiving confirmation letters explaining the Virtual Venue seat selection tool, an interactive 3D animation that allows anyone to virtually explore seats, sections, prices and views in the team's future home.
A top view of the future stadium with the canopies that will provide partial covering. (bluebombers.com)
Current season ticket holders must secure their intent for a 2012 season ticket with a $50 deposit by Oct. 24.
Fans will then have from November 2011 to March 2012 to select their actual seats. Season tickets for the general public will go on sale in April 2012.
“Our introductory price point for season tickets is just $17.90 per game. This was the most important decision we made — fair pricing for fans and the community," said Jeff Thompson, the Winnipeg Football Club's chief tansition officer.
Anyone interested in watching the stadium construction can check out a live camera feed on the Blue Bombers website.
The club is also working with corporate partners on community programming "to ensure the kids, parents and groups who can’t afford games will be very welcome" at the stadium,” he added.
“We look forward to announcing these programs soon.”
In addition to the stadium, the eight-hectare site at Chancellor-Matheson Road and University Crescent will feature a multiplex athletic facility for the U of M and its Bison sports teams.
Ossama AbouZeid, WFC interim CEO, said construction is on target and on budget.
“We look forward to opening a first-class facility next summer that will make Manitobans and Winnipeggers proud.”